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Land Dispute Resolution in Mozambique: Evidence and Institutions of Agroforestry Technology Adoption

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Unruh, Jon D.
Conference: The Commons in an Age of Globalisation, the Ninth Biennial Conference of the International Association for the Study of Common Property
Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Conf. Date: June 17-21, 2002
Date: 2002
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10535/516
Sector: Forestry
Land Tenure & Use
Region: Africa
Subject(s): IASC
common pool resources
land tenure and use
property rights
conflict resolution
customary law
Abstract: "Successful adoption of natural resource management technologies requires that important fundamentals of property rights be significantly established. Because disputes over property rights occur universally, the ability to successfully defend ones rights to property exercises a central influence on the tenure security necessary for technology adoption. However defending rights to property rests upon the possession of evidence significantly available, and widely regarded as legitimate. This chapter presents work carried out in postwar Mozambique on the availability and legitimacy of evidence pertaining to land tenure dispute resolution. What is unusual about the Mozambique case is that the physical presence of a natural resource management technology, agroforestry trees in this case, also serves as one of the most widely available and legitimate forms of evidence in the postwar period. Such an arrangement reveals important aspects about the reverse relationship between property rights and technology adoption. While such an evidence role for a technology at first may appear to encourage further adoption of agroforestry, important influences on property rights in the postwar setting serve to discourage full adoption, and jeopardize the long-term presence of existing agroforestry trees. It remains to be seen if recent legislative changes regarding property rights will successfully engage customary forms of evidence and encourage full adoption of agroforestry in Mozambique."

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